11 ways to make fine hair look thicker

This post was sponsored on behalf of NIOXIN. All opinions stated are my own.

I have what I like to call naturally sad hair. What is this naturally sad hair, you ask? Oh, you know, it’s fine and limp. When left to air dry, looks like a scraggly, droopy mop – since my hair is naturally fine, I’ve always wanted a great product or styling solution but didn’t really know where to start. Recently, I’ve put all of my effort into establishing my skincare routines, but I’m thrilled to FINALLY have a hair care routine.

No longer do I have to accept my naturally sad hair that thinned out a bit since having my daughter. I’ve found a product line to not only mask my droopy hair problem, but to actually give it the life and body it needs. I took NIOXIN’s 30 day challenge for thicker, fuller hair and have loved the results. This challenge also prompted me to figure out how to actually style my hair so it’s full and easy to work with.

Hoping these tips will help your limp locks and that you’ll share your thin hair stories with me! We are not alone!

11 Ways to Make Fine Hair Thicker

1. Choose the right shampoo and conditioner: When you have fine or thinning hair, all of the products you use are essential to thickening your hair and giving it volume without weighing it down. For me, NIOXIN has been a life-saver. Not only do I love the minty fresh tingling sensation of their shampoo and conditioner, but my hair loves its special formula that makes it feel thicker and easier to style.

How to make fine hair thicker

2. Don’t wash every day: Washing your hair every day is not only unnecessary but can actually be damaging to your hair, stripping it of its natural oils and proteins. However, the frequency of washing your hair completely depends on you – your lifestyle, hair texture, and type. If you workout hard everyday, yes, you’re going to want to wash your hair. If you have fine hair that tends to get greasy, you might want to try washing every other day, because the oil will weigh your hair down. I generally wash every two days, how about you?

3. Post-shower scalp treatment: I have been using NIOXIN’s post-shower scalp treatment that comes in the kit with the shampoo and conditioner. The after-shower treatment gets to the ‘root’ of a fine girl’s problem, nourishing hair at the scalp. Healthy hair starts with a healthy head, after all!


4. Body building mousse: I have been living by NIOXIN’s mousse these days. When my hair is damp, I put about a golf ball-sized amount all over my hair, from roots to ends before blow drying. For all you fine-haired gals out there, this step it essential – it gives each strand the oomph it needs to appear and feel thicker.

How to make fine hair thicker

5. Root lifter for extra va va voom: For additional volume, I just discovered how to actually use a root lifter. I’ve had this product for a while but never really used it effectively. On my damp, moussed hair prior to blow drying, I separate my hair in sections and give my roots a little blast with the product, then blow dry with a round brush or with my head upside down. Do this in each section of your hair so all of your roots are lifted.

6. Blow dryer with nozzle: Why have I been living in the dark ages of blow dryers? I finally bought a new dryer that has a nozzle attachment, and this is truly a MUST for everyone. First, get a dryer with multiple settings so you can control the heat – even a simple hot, warm, cold is sufficient. To protect your hair, use the warm setting, not hot.

How to make fine hair thicker

Then, if you want your hair to look oh-so-fabulous (and I know we all do), you MUST use the the nozzle concentrator attachment. This little attachment makes all the difference in your finishing, as it allows the air to be concentrated for a faster dry job that also eliminates frizzies for a more polished finish.

7. Learn how to blow dry: I never used to blow dry my hair. I always thought I could sleep on my wet hair and put it in Pinterest buns or braids and wake up with effortlessly cool beach waves. Ummm, wrong. Every time I wake up with a kinky, unmanageable nest that takes way more time to deal with than blow drying in the first place.

After putting on the appropriate products and a heat protectant to damp hair, separate your hair into two sections, clipping up the top. You’ll start at the bottom. Use a round brush for more volume, and just work section by section until the bottom is dry. Then section off another layer of hair, and continue this way until the top layer. For the top layer, since I never really know where I’ll part my hair, I put the brush under a section of hair and dry in an upwards motion, which also creates more body. Of course, use the nozzle concentrator attachment when drying your hair straight.

8. Tease for more body and hold: If you blow dry your hair as directed above, your hair will be good to go! But if you’re looking for more body and hold, teasing is the way to go. Separate your hair back into those sections you did for blow drying, and take 1-2 inch sections to back comb with a fine-toothed comb. Be sure to tease correctly, by pushing the hair in one direction – downward – not up and down.

How to make thin hair thicker

After the bottom layer, work your way up until the top layer of hair, and at each layer, separate your tease a bit so it all flows together. When you get to the top, part your hair where you’ll want it styled in the end.

How to make thin hair thicker

Then gently brush down the bottom layers to your desired height and body, and finish by lightly brushing the top layer to conceal the tease underneath. Depending on your hair, you may also wish to quickly run a flat iron over that top layer for smoothness. You can see that I tame my tease down quite a bit, but I love having the tease in my hair from the base because it makes it so much easier to style.

How to make thin hair thicker

9. Volumizing hair spray: Are you catching on to the trend that your products matter when it comes to fine hair? Choose a volumizing hair spray that will provide hold without weighing your hair down. You can lightly mist your sections as you tease, or if you skip the tease, flip your hair upside down, spritz the spray, and flip your head back up.


10. Silk pillow case: By sleeping on a silk pillow case, not only will you feel extremely pampered, but you will protect your hair and skin. Silk allows your hair and fragile skin on your face, such as around your eyes, to slip and slide across the pillow instead of pull and tear.

11. Night density rescue treatment: When it’s time to hit the sheets, don’t forget to put on your NIOXIN Night Density Rescue Treatment. I keep the bottle in my nightstand so it’s all ready to go.This treatment is clinically proven to boost hair density by its powerful antioxidants nourishing your scalp – all you do is use the dropper and apply it directly to your scalp, rub it in, enjoy the scent, and go to sleep. 


Lasting thoughts and challenge

Are you ready to take the NIOXIN 30 day challenge? Check out their online consulatation tool to find the perfect system for you, and connect with others by sharing your story and experience using #NIOXINChallenge. NIOXIN guarantees thicker and fuller hair after the challenge, so you have nothing to lose!

Have you always have fine or limp hair? Did you experience hair loss and thinning from child birth? Let me hear your stories and hair routines by commenting below.

  • 12. Borrow some of Supal’s hair.

    You look great and I’ve heard really good things about Nioxin from family friends. I just need to learn to blow dry. Thank you for the tips! x

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I’d appreciate if you dyed some of your hair and shipped it over to me priority mail – please and thank you. You won’t even miss it : ) My friend’s hair is just like you, and I was telling her about this post today, but I said, you won’t have any need to read it – lucky. She poo poohed me and said that thick haired girls have their own problems **cue eye roll ** : )

      • HAHA! I get really bad upper back and neck cramps and have to go to a chiropractor if I dare to grow out my hair at all 🙂

  • OK, could you be any cuter! Seriously, you make blow drying your hair look light, bright, and airy? I seriously have to send this to my sister because she ended up with super fine and limp hair (although she lucked out on color–natural tow-head blonde!) So there is some justice 😉 I have to tame my hair on the other hand because it has too much body! As in, I look like a crazy person if I just let it go. And then it goes to dreadlocks. So yeah, all different hair problems! I will have to tell her about Nioxin! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      You just made my morning! How could I not include such ridiculous pictures of me? Hoping this helps out your sister like these tips have helped me, and I was telling Supal that I was having a similar conversation with my thick-haired girlfriend; she was telling me how her hair, which I envy, comes with its own issues too : )

  • I’ve never used Nioxin products. I feel like my hair is thin compared to what it used to before babies so I’m always looking for products to help with thickness. 🙂

    p.s. cute pictures

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Sooooo many things change when you have babies – I never knew hair would be one of them! Your hair always looks so gorg though ; )

  • I’ve never even heard of Nioxin, but this post is GREAT girlfriend! I’m good on not washing every day (bless, dry shampoo), but I still need a good scalp treatment for after wash. Maybe I”ll have to give this one a go!

    Coming Up Roses

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Hope you give it a try! I have had great success with it, and yes yes yes to dry shampoo!!

  • LeighAnn Searle

    I think I need to try the Nioxin products. Recently my hair has started falling out pretty bad so I would love to restore its thickness.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I think you would really benefit from this line, LeighAnn! Let me know if you give it a try : )

  • Paige Allison

    If I don’t dry my hair, it’s like it’s game over. I too have such sad hair! It’s lifeless and frizzy on the ends. However… It’s so hot here in the summer, even in the AC I’m sweating after a blow dry. So I just commit myself to sad hair all summer and make it look good for the blog and in the fall, hahaha! No seriously.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      I’m so surprised you also have sad hair! It always looks so glam. Now that I finally figured out how to make my hair look pretty, I’m wondering why I waited so long.

  • You are seriously adorable. Loved all the photos!

    I had a mini shampoo and conditioner from Nioxin and I am KICKING myself for leaving them in a hotel room. I loved how they smelled. I’m using the Night Density serum though – LOVE the way it smells.

    I bought my husband the level 6 kit because he’s self-conscious about his hair loss. I’ve heard it really works. Time will tell! We’re not expecting a miracle, but if we can notice a difference I think we’ll stick with it.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Let me know how your hubby likes it! Justin is also self conscious about his hair, even though it’s super thick – I think because his dad is balding, so I will definitely have him use this in the future if needed. That stinks that you left your precious samples behind : ( I’m sure they would love to work with you though!!

  • Your hair looks fantastic and gorgeous lip color! These are great tips- some I’ve never heard before which is awesome. Thanks girly!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      aw thanks, Cara!!

  • Your pictures made my heart happy! I am so tired of my limp, thin hair. I will definitely be trying some of these suggestions!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      haha thanks Emily! These pictures were goofy but I had to share : ) I hope these tips help you as they have me!

  • Love all the pictures! I need a silk pillow case for both my hair and face. These products sound great!

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Thanks Shann -oooh, I think you will love a silk pillow case ; )

  • Rachel Golden

    Your hair looks so good! I’ve always wanted to try out a silk pillow case, but I’ve never gotten around to investing in one. I definitely do need to be more serious about my hair care routine. I’m such a slacker, but its really is an important element to any care routine.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Sounds like we were in the same boat, focusing on skin and not hair – hope these tips help you out : )

  • Your photos are the cutest!!!! See I have really thick hair. It’s such a problem.

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Oh thanks, Chels – you’re lucky with your thick hair!!!

  • Kristen Lawler

    Oh I loved this! I have such thin hair! I also get a lot of volume if I set my hair in Velcro rollers after a good blow dry

    • Lindsay Katherine

      Oooooh, Velcro rollers, that’s a great tip – thanks for reading, Kristen!

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    My hair changed so much when I stopped washing it every day. I was sooo bad about doing that until just a few years ago. But I never blow dry my hair. Like seriously maybe twice a year. I shower at night so I just let it air dry.

  • Love all of these tips!!I have extremely fine hair and trying to get some volume up in it, is so challenging! My boyfriends mom has been using this shampoo,etc and she loves it. I’ll def have to look into it for myself as well!